President Muhammadu Buhari today officially commissioned the new International Terminal Building at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Speaking at the event, the president said Nigeria was moving towards achieving and meeting global aviation standards in facilitation, passenger processing and service delivery in tandem with international best practices with the commissioning of the new terminal.
He said the event was a reflection of government’s deliberate policy to sustain the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure, while gradually closing the infrastructural deficit bedevilling the country. He also commended all officials involved in the actualization of the project while promising that his administration would continue to implement more developmental projects.
“This Administration recognizes aviation as a catalyst for economic growth and as such will continue to encourage and support the actualization of projects that will place Nigerian Airports amongst the best in the world.
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Terminal is the first airport terminal to be connected to rail transport system in the Country and indeed in the region. This has provided passengers and other airport users with a choice in the mode of transport to and from the city centre. I recall taking a ride from the City Metro station to the Airport on the day the rail line was commissioned.
I wish to assure you therefore, that Government remains committed to developing Nigeria into Regional air transportation hub and thereby assuming its leadership in the aviation sub sector in Africa,” said the President.
The terminal construction done by contractor Messrs CCECC was executed with financial support from the Government of the Peoples Republic of China and the China Exim Bank.